: 2 The subject of focal shift comes up frequently when slide lock reloads are discussed. Should you keep your eyes on the target so that a threat can’t maneuver on you? Should you shift your eyes to the magwell so as to make that mag-change seemless? If you keep your eyes on the threat, you risk repeatedly fumbling your reload. If you shift your focus, you may lose situational awareness..........I am of the belief that if you should find yourself at slide lock while not in a position of cover, briefly(.2-.3 tenths of a second) shifting your focus to the magwell will shave potentially life saving fractions of a second off of your reload. Consider this: you went to slide lock because you were actively making an engagement. We can safely assume that you may not have eliminated the threat/threats with the round/rounds that sent you to slide lock, thus leaving you in an active engagement. For this reason, it is of paramount importance that you get yourself back into the fight as quickly as possible. Numerous scientific studies have established that the average adult male can cover approximately 21 feet in 1.5 seconds. If we apply that same rate of speed to a focal shift that lasted between .2 and .3 seconds, that same adult male covered at most 4.5 feet. The way I see it, by employing the focal shift, you shave potentially life saving time from your slide lock reload and due to the fact that your threat is only going to be humanely capable of moving a limited distance, you will have maintained situational awareness as he moves his body through your soft focus/peripheral vision.